EVA LONGORIA's hit TV drama Devious Maids looks set to lead the way at the 2014 Imagen Awards after picking up five nominations on Thursday (19Jun14). The top soap, which is executive produced by the former Desperate Housewives star, picked up all of its nods in the Best Actress/Television category, pitting Edy Ganem, Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Judy Reyes and Roselyn Sanchez against each other for the prize.
Crime drama The Bridge earned four nominations, including Best Actor/Television for Demian Bichir, Best Supporting Actress/Television for Catalina Sandino Moreno and Emily Rios, and Best Primetime Television Programme: Drama or Comedy, a category in which it will compete with Chicago P.D., The Fosters, Law and Order: SVU and Switched at Birth.
Other TV nominees include John Leguizamo for Best Primetime Programme: Special or Movie-of-the-Week (John Leguizamo's Ghetto Clown), Nestor Carbonell for Best Supporting Actor/Television (Bates Motel), Aubrey Plaza for Best Supporting Actress/Television (Parks and Recreation), and Bella Thorne for Best Young Actress/Television (Shake It Up!).
In the film categories, family comedy Sleeping with the Fishes topped the nominations with five mentions, including another nomination for Ana Ortiz (Best Actress/Supporting Actress - Feature Film). She'll face off with co-stars Priscilla Lopez and Gina Rodriguez for the prize
The movie also earned nods for director Nicole Gomez Fisher and Best Picture, where it will battle with A Miracle in Spanish Harlem, After School, Cesar Chavez and Coyote.
Rosario Dawson and America Ferrera (Cesar Chavez) and Michelle Rodriguez (Fast & Furious 6) will also compete in the Best Actress/Supporting Actress - Feature Film category.
The 29th annual Imagen Awards, which recognise and reward positive portrayals of Latinos in the media, will be presented during a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on 1 August (14).
The first and most important thing you should know about Paramount Pictures’ Thor is that it’s not a laughably corny comic book adaptation. Though you might find it hokey to hear a bunch of muscled heroes talk like British royalty while walking around the American Southwest in LARP garb director Kenneth Branagh has condensed vast Marvel mythology to make an accessible straightforward fantasy epic. Like most films of its ilk I’ve got some issues with its internal logic aesthetic and dialogue but the flaws didn’t keep me from having fun with this extra dimensional adventure.
Taking notes from fellow Avenger Iron Man the story begins with an enthralling event that takes place in a remote desert but quickly jumps back in time to tell the prologue which introduces the audience to the shining kingdom of Asgard and its various champions. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) son of Odin is heir to the throne but is an arrogant overeager and ill-tempered rogue whose aggressive antics threaten a shaky truce between his people and the frost giants of Jotunheim one of the universe’s many realms. Odin (played with aristocratic boldness by Anthony Hopkins) enraged by his son’s blatant disregard of his orders to forgo an assault on their enemies after they attempt to reclaim a powerful artifact banishes the boy to a life among the mortals of Earth leaving Asgard defenseless against the treachery of Loki his mischievous “other son” who’s always felt inferior to Thor. Powerless and confused the disgraced Prince finds unlikely allies in a trio of scientists (Natalie Portman Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings) who help him reclaim his former glory and defend our world from total destruction.
Individually the make-up visual effects CGI production design and art direction are all wondrous to behold but when fused together to create larger-than-life set pieces and action sequences the collaborative result is often unharmonious. I’m not knocking the 3D presentation; unlike 2010’s genre counterpart Clash of the Titans the filmmakers had plenty of time to perfect the third dimension and there are only a few moments that make the decision to convert look like it was a bad one. It’s the unavoidable overload of visual trickery that’s to blame for the frost giants’ icy weaponized constructs and other hybrids of the production looking noticeably artificial. Though there’s some imagery to nitpick the same can’t be said of Thor’s thunderous sound design which is amped with enough wattage to power The Avengers’ headquarters for a century.
Chock full of nods to the comics the screenplay is both a strength and weakness for the film. The story is well sequenced giving the audience enough time between action scenes to grasp the characters motivations and the plot but there are tangential narrative threads that disrupt the focus of the film. Chief amongst them is the frost giants’ fore mentioned relic which is given lots of attention in the first act but has little effect on the outcome. In addition I felt that S.H.I.E.L.D. was nearly irrelevant this time around; other than introducing Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye the secret security faction just gets in the way of the movie’s momentum.
While most of the comedy crashes and burns there are a few laughs to be found in the film. Most come from star Hemsworth’s charismatic portrayal of the God of Thunder. He plays up the stranger-in-a-strange-land aspect of the story with his cavalier but charming attitude and by breaking all rules of diner etiquette in a particularly funny scene with the scientists whose respective roles as love interest (Portman) friendly father figure (Skarsgaard) and POV character (Dennings) are ripped right out of a screenwriters handbook.
Though he handles the humorous moments without a problem Hemsworth struggles with some of the more dramatic scenes in the movie; the result of over-acting and too much time spent on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. Luckily he’s surrounded by a stellar supporting cast that fills the void. Most impressive is Tom Hiddleston who gives a truly humanistic performance as the jealous Loki. His arc steeped in Shakespearean tragedy (like Thor’s) drums up genuine sympathy that one rarely has for a comic book movie villain.
My grievances with the technical aspects of the production aside Branagh has succeeded in further exploring the Marvel Universe with a film that works both as a standalone superhero flick and as the next chapter in the story of The Avengers. Thor is very much a comic book film and doesn’t hide from the reputation that its predecessors have given the sub-genre or the tropes that define it. Balanced pretty evenly between “serious” and “silly ” its scope is large enough to please fans well versed in the source material but its tone is light enough to make it a mainstream hit.
The photographer accused of deliberately crashing his minibus into Lindsay Lohan's car earlier this year has escaped a criminal charge.
Galo Cesar Ramirez, 24, collided with the teen singer/actress during a paparazzi pursuit following an appearance by Lohan at a Los Angeles restaurant, but Deputy District Attorney William Hodgman found no evidence to prove the snapper deliberately orchestrated the smash.
Lohan maintains her ill-advised U-turn which preceded the crash occurred as a result of a planned high-speed chase.
Hodgman says, "Based upon the damage sustained to both the victim's and the suspect's cars it appears that, although the suspect was most likely driving carelessly when he collided with the victim's car, it was not an intentional assault."
But the official added possible conspiracy charges could eventually be brought against paparazzi who mastermind high-risk celebrity chases.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has since introduced a law allowing courts to award high compensation sums to stars who suffer harassment at the hands of photographers.
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